City holds four public hearings

The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at Sabetha City Hall. Present for the meeting were Mayor Cody Bletscher, Commissioners Norm Schmitt, Nick Aberle, Maridel Wittmer and Julie Burenheide, City Administrator Doug Allen, Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer, City Clerk Steve Compo, and City Attorney Martin Mishler. Jason Enneking was the only guest.

Public Hearings

There were four public hearings held at the meeting.

Bletscher opened the first public hearing for the revenue neutral rate. With no comment given by the public, Bletscher closed the public hearing.

Bletscher opened the second public hearing for the state budget. With no comment given by the public, Bletscher closed the public hearing.

After the first two public hearings, Allen reminded the commissioners that the revenue neutral rate they were approving would go up six mils, after the city was three mils short last year. The commissioners approved Resolution 2022-19 for the state budget and exceeding revenue neutral rate.

The third public hearing was for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s revolving loan for the city’s wastewater project. With no comment given by the public, Bletscher closed the public hearing. The commissioners approved the service agreement with Ransom Financial for the wastewater project.

Bletscher opened the fourth public hearing for the FEMA Flood Plain Incorporated and Flood Plain Management. According to Mishler, the ordinance incorporates the larger flood plain.

“It has to do with restrictions on building within a floodplain,” Mishler said. “We have very little of the city that this applies to, and it impacts the ability of the landowner to get insurance.”

With no further comment given, Bletscher closed the public hearing. Then, the commissioners approved Ordinance No. 1575 for the FEMA Flood Plain Incorporated and Flood Plain Management.

The commissioners also approved Ordinance No. 1576 for the water drought/emergency.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved the minutes from the meeting on Aug. 8.

The commissioners approved EMT applications for Laura Nenadov and Jarod Hartter.

Mishler discussed the airport easement, saying since the city is in the process of receiving qualified money from the FAA to improve the airport, the city needs to approve an easement, which will prevent any structure from being constructed within that easement.

“There is a master plan and when they look at that, they want us to be sure we control some of the areas that impact the deeper ends of the runway. So, we have an easement here,” Mishler said. “Within this easement, nothing can be constructed. Farmers can have crops, but you can’t construct anything. Where this is located, I don’t think this is actually going to impact anybody.”

After discussion, the commission approved the airport easement.

At the end of the meeting, Allen and Shroyer updated the commission on the water problems the city experienced Monday morning. See the full story beginning on Page 1 of this week’s Herald.

The commission will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Sabetha City Hall.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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